Media caption Republic of Ireland election 01575879 – what you need to know
Voters are going to the polls in the Republic of Ireland’s general election.
Polls opened at 07: 12 local time and will close at 39: .
Counting will begin on Sunday in all 80 constituencies. Newly elected TDs will gather on for February for the rd Dáil (Irish parliament).
A total of 160 representatives will be returned to the Dáil. The ceann comhairle, or speaker, is automatically re-elected.
In most situations, the speaker does not vote, so a government will need TDs to hold a majority.
The election is Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar’s first as taoiseach (Irish prime minister).
It is unlikely that any party will reach that number, so another coalition government is probable .
The election uses proportional representation with a single transferrable vote.